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March 3, 2021

WASHINGTON, DC — Today, following House passage of H.R. 1, the For the People Act, legislation to fix our broken democracy, Congressman Mondaire Jones (D-NY) released the following statement:

“From climate change and gun violence to housing and health care, so many of the most pressing issues we face stem directly from our broken democracy - a democracy that does not reflect the will of everyday people. In order to make meaningful progress on those and so many other issues, we must first fix our democracy. Today, we took a monumental step toward doing so by passing H.R. 1, the For The People Act. 

This bill contains fundamental reforms that will build a government that works for working people, not billionaires, corporations, and special interests. It ends partisan gerrymandering and creates independent redistricting commissions to ensure people are choosing their leaders, not the other way around. It establishes automatic voter registration to extend the franchise to more than 50 million Americans. And it sets up a system of public financing for campaigns, so that working class candidates -- people like me -- can afford to run for office.

Today’s vote to pass H.R. 1 in the House is a watershed moment in American history. Now we must finish the job by getting the For The People Act through the Senate, and to President Biden’s desk as quickly as possible. Our democracy depends on it.”

About Mondaire: Mondaire Jones is the 33-year-old Congressman from New York’s 17th District, serving Westchester and Rockland Counties. He serves on the House Judiciary, Education and Labor, and Ethics Committees and is the first openly gay, Black member of Congress. A product of East Ramapo public schools, Mondaire was raised in Section 8 housing and on food stamps in the Village of Spring Valley by a single mother who worked multiple jobs to provide for their family. He later graduated from Stanford University, worked at the Department of Justice during the Obama Administration, and graduated from Harvard Law School. He is a co-founder of the nonprofit Rising Leaders, Inc. and has previously served on the NAACP’s National Board of Directors and on the board of the New York Civil Liberties Union. Most recently, Mondaire worked as a litigator in the Westchester County Law Department. In November, Mondaire was unanimously elected by his colleagues to be the Freshman Representative to Leadership, making him the youngest member of the Democratic House leadership team. In December, Jones was appointed a Deputy Whip of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, and became a Co-Chair of the LGBTQ Equality Caucus. Mondaire was born and raised in Rockland, and resides in Westchester.